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Kinderdance® Keeps Growing Awarding New Franchise's »

September 24, 2014 at 4:00AM PDT | Source: Kinderdance
Kinderdance Opportunities Available

US Franchise Organization Brings Movement Education To Young Children Worldwide
September 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Melbourne, FL - Kinderdance® International Inc, a leader in developmental dance, gymnastics and fitness programs for young children, continues to prove that movement programs standout as a highly popular children's franchise. Kinderdance® International keeps growing with a strong August awarding a Gold level franchise to Adriana Nassiff and Luis Morales of Miami-Dade County Florida.
Luis Morales has been awarded a Gold level franchise in the Miami-Dade area with business partner and wife, Adriana. Ms.Nassiff and Mr. Morales both have successfully completed their Kinderdance training.
Adriana Nassiff was born in Bogotá, Colombia and received a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications and a Masters degree in Journalism...

York Gets Fired Up For Barbecue With First Dickey's Barbecue Pit »

September 23, 2014 at 11:04AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

Grand Opening Kicks Off Thursday with Big Barbecue Giveaways & $2 Sandwiches
September 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // YORK, Neb. - Shannon Legg and a small team of community members were looking for a way to improve their home by providing jobs and a new dining option to residents. On Thursday, September 25 at 11 a.m., Dickey's Barbecue Pit, a leading fast casual restaurant, will open in York. To celebrate, York's newest restaurant is hosting a three-day grand opening with the first 50 dine-in guests receiving gift cards worth up to $50.
On Friday, guests can stock up on their Dickey's Barbecue gear when the store offers t-shirts, sunglasses and more. Saving the best for last, Saturday includes $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches and radio station Mix 105 KTMX on-site from noon to 2 p...

Togo's Announces Acquisition Of 13 Restaurants From Company Founder »

September 23, 2014 at 10:58AM PDT | Source: Togo's Franchisor, LLC

"West Coast Original" Focuses on Driving Operational Excellence to Support Future Development
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sept. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Togo's Eateries, Inc., a "West Coast Original" since 1971, announced today it has completed the acquisition of 13 franchised restaurants in the East Bay and San Jose areas from company founder Mike Cobler. The acquisition brings Togo's company-owned restaurants to 19 units in California.
"This recent acquisition is part of our long-term growth strategy and reflects our company's commitment to operational excellence," said Tony Gioia, chairman and CEO of Togo's Holdings, LLC. "Togo's newly acquired restaurants will provide a larger platform for testing new products and operating systems. The locations will also offer additional resources to support training for new franchisees, management and crew for future grand openings...

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint Expands Its Footprint In Georgia »

September 23, 2014 at 10:53AM PDT | Source: Uncle Maddio's

Multi-Unit Franchisee to Open New Locations in Macon, Warner Robins and Valdosta
September 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Georgia native and Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint franchisee Tyler Mobley has signed an agreement to open three Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint locations in Georgia, expanding the concept's Georgia footprint to 16 total restaurants. Mobley plans to open two restaurants in Macon, two in Valdosta and one in Warner Robbins, GA. The first restaurant is set to open in Macon in the summer of 2015.
The new franchise agreement is in response to the growing demand for Uncle Maddio's locations across the state and the country. Now restaurant guests can enjoy made-from-scratch pizza that uses premium ingredients – all with fast service and affordable prices in a fun community-like atmosphere with their friends and family...

Hilton Worldwide Signs Deal For New Home2 Suites By Hilton® Hotel In Downtown Indianapolis »

September 23, 2014 at 10:49AM PDT | Source: Home2 Suites by Hilton

New Urban Property to be Housed in the Historic Consolidated Building
September 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a new Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel to be developed within the former Consolidated Building. Home2 Suites by Hilton is an award-winning mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand designed for modern business travelers and extended stay guests. The hotel, which will be owned by HRC Hotels, LLC and managed by Good Hospitality Services, Inc., will be the first Home2 Suites property in Indiana and demonstrates the brand’s commitment to expanding in urban markets and utilizing innovative building models.
Downtown Indianapolis was named one of the Top 10 Best Downtowns 2014, coming in third on the list from Livability...

Doc Popcorn "Pops" Pink Popcorn In Honor Of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month »

September 23, 2014 at 10:37AM PDT | Source: Doc Popcorn
Doc Popcorn Opportunities Available

Snack Leader Releases New Pink Popcorn in Concert with Annual Popping for Pink™ Fundraising Campaign to Raise Funds and Awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.®
September 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // BOULDER, Colo. – Doc Popcorn, innovator of fresh-popped kettle-cooked popcorn, is going pink this October to raise awareness for breast cancer, a disease that affects one in eight American women.
The snack leader has developed a new limited-edition flavor in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month dubbed Sweet Pink, a delicious kettle-cooked popcorn with a cherry-flavored pink glaze. The new specialty flavor, which will be released during the chain’s annual Popping for Pink™ fundraising campaign for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc...

Del Taco Continues Expansion Throughout The Southeast »

September 23, 2014 at 10:07AM PDT | Source: Del Taco
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Exclusive Development Territories Available for Franchisees
September 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Lake Forest, California – Del Taco, a leader in the Mexican quick service restaurant category, today announced commitments for 28 new locations to open throughout the Southeast. This latest expansion is part of the company's larger strategy to bring its fresh, made-to-order Mexican and American food to guests across the country. Along with recently-opened restaurants in Columbus and Smyrna, Georgia, Del Taco will soon open its sixth Atlanta-area location in Marietta, Georgia, along with a franchise owned restaurant, in Columbia, South Carolina.
"Strong sales at our Southeast restaurants demonstrate the enthusiasm and passion local residents have for Del Taco," said Laura Tanaka, Director of Franchise Development, Del Taco...

Easyhome Ltd. Introduces New Masterbrand - Goeasy »

September 23, 2014 at 9:23AM PDT | Source: easyhome

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Sept. 23, 2014) - easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH) ("easyhome" or the "Company"), the Canadian leader in providing goods and financial services to the cash and credit constrained consumer, announced a new master brand: goeasy. The Company's new goeasy master brand will provide a corporate umbrella that unites and supports its sub-brands of easyhome and easyfinancial and allow it to more effectively reach its targeted demographic - the cash and credit constrained consumer - with all its lines of business, including lease-to-own furniture, appliances, electronics and computers, loans from $500 up to $10,000 and mortgages.
"The values of the new goeasy master brand are Access, Relief and Respect," said David Ingram, easyhome's President and Chief Executive Officer...

Tropical Smoothie Café To Enter Dallas Market »

September 23, 2014 at 9:17AM PDT | Source: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Food-and-Smoothie Concept Inks Four Franchise Deals as Part of Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Expansion Plan
DALLAS - September 23, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Tropical Smoothie Café, known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, will enter the Dallas market after recently signing three franchise agreements in the Dallas area and one in Fort Worth. The rapidly growing franchise plans to develop as many as 40 locations throughout the Dallas area in coming years.
Four total cafés are expected to open in Fort Worth, The Colony, North Dallas and downtown Dallas in early 2015. The Colony location will be owned by husband-and-wife entrepreneurs and Dallas residents Cliff and Kate Holsenbeck. The couple, who were introduced to the brand more than a decade ago while attending college, decided to open a Tropical Smoothie Café location because they believe the healthier food and smoothies will appeal to Dallas residents...

David Adjey And The Chickery Introduce The World To The Better Chicken Segment As Expansion Begins »

September 23, 2014 at 8:53AM PDT | Source: The Chickery

Menu upgrades broaden appeal, has customers asking "What' s a chicken feather?", offer lower price options at every category
September 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Toronto, Canada - The Chickery, which was founded in 2012 and offers recipes straight from local Toronto celebrity chef David Adjey's own kitchen, recently updated their menu. The menu has been refined to offer the same real authentic taste loyal customers have been accustomed to, at lower prices in every category. Most menu items are still made from scratch every day, including the brand new Chicken Feathers and the Ultimate Buttermilk Chicken Tenders were named one of the Best Chicken Fingers In Toronto!
Chicken Feathers are among the chef-crafted recipes that you can only get at The Chickery...

The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.® Celebrates National Coffee Day With FREE Coffee »

September 23, 2014 at 8:38AM PDT | Source: The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.®

Guests can enjoy a free cup of freshly roasted hot or iced coffee at The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.® on September 29.
September 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // BOCA RATON, FL - The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.® is brewing up a special offer in celebration of National Coffee Day. In honor of the holiday, guests will receive a FREE cup of freshly roasted hot or iced coffee with the purchase of any menu item on Monday, September 29. This offer is limited to one free cup of coffee per customer and will last all day or until supplies last at participating locations.
According to Mike Welch, Chief Operating Officer at The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.®, "National Coffee Day is one of our company’s favorite days of the year...

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Chief Brand Experience Officer Adopts 10b5-1 Trading Plan »

September 23, 2014 at 8:36AM PDT | Source: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

ATLANTA - September 22, 2014  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLKI) today announced that Richard H. Lynch, chief brand experience officer, has established a trading plan in accordance with Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act. Rule 10b5-1 permits individuals who are not then in possession of material non-public information to establish pre-arranged plans to buy or sell stock. The rule allows individuals to buy or sell shares of stock at a specific price in the future, regardless of any subsequent material non-public information.
This plan was adopted to enable Mr. Lynch to exercise and sell a portion of his PLKI stock options as part of Mr. Lynch's long-term tax and asset diversification strategy...

Mike And Lindsay Murphy Buy Floor Coverings International Franchise »

September 23, 2014 at 8:07AM PDT | Source: Guidant Financial Group

First-time Entrepreneurs Use Retirement Funds to Finance Mobile Showroom
Birmingham, Ala. (PRWEB) September 23, 2014 - Husband and wife duo Mike and Lindsay Murphy have always harbored an entrepreneurial spirit. After spending years in stable jobs - Mike as an attorney and Lindsay as a high school Spanish teacher - the couple decided to pursue their business urges. Using the services of Guidant Financial to tap into their retirement account, they opened their own Floor Coverings International franchise.
"[We’ve] always had the desire to own [our] own business," Lindsay said. "It was time to do it."
Floor Coverings International, a leading in-home design and floor coverings brand, sells flooring of all types, including carpet, hardwood, tile, stone and laminate, in addition to specialty products like bamboo, slate and glass accents...

CruiseOne® Receives Prestigious Accolades For Military Recruitment »

September 23, 2014 at 7:59AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

Home-based travel franchise recognized by "Military Times" and "Entrepreneur"
September 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – CruiseOne®, the nation’s leading home-based franchise travel agent network as part of World Travel Holdings, announces that Military Times ranked it number one on its annual Best For Vets: Franchises list, and by Entrepreneur as part of its Top Franchises for Veterans.
"Military veterans are heroes who have made many sacrifices to serve our country," said Tim Courtney, CFE, vice president of franchise development and ambassador of veteran affairs for CruiseOne. "We are grateful for their service and recognize that many military veterans thrive as franchise owners, and being home-based and in the travel industry affords them the flexibility to spend time with family and get them in involved in the business...

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Continues Dallas Expansion With New Opening In Plano »

September 23, 2014 at 7:52AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Hawaiian Coffee and Smoothie Franchisee Opens First of 10 units Planned for Dallas Region; New Location Marks 16th unit in Dallas Market and 49th in Texas
September 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // PLANO, Texas – Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a 450-unit beverage chain known for its premium fresh-fruit smoothies and Hawaiian coffee, is continuing to grow its presence in Dallas with the opening of its newest location in Plano on September 30th.
Located in the food court of The Shops at Willow Bend at 6121 W. Park Blvd. in Plano, this opening marks the first of 10 units that local Dallas entrepreneur Ted Wilbert plans to open in the area, adding to the brand’s current 15 unit presence in Dallas.
Maui Wowi Hawaiian’s dual beverage concept, which specializes in Hawaiian coffees and fresh fruit smoothies, caught Wilbert’s attention after attending a franchise expo...

Home Care Assistance Publishes Seventh Book In Award-Winning Healthy Longevity Series »

September 23, 2014 at 7:29AM PDT | Source: Home Care Assistance

"The Brain Boost: A Practical Guide to Brain Health" offers practical, everyday tips to support cognitive health and longevity and draws on cutting-edge research from the fields of cognitive science, neuropsychology and medicine to show that anyone can boost his or her brain performance through lifestyle changes.
Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) September 22, 2014 - Home Care Assistance, North America’s leading provider of in-home care, is proud to announce the release of its newest book, The Brain Boost: A Practical Guide to Brain Health. A major misconception regarding the human adult brain is that it is unable to change—that aging results in a gradual, unavoidable and irreversible decline in cognitive abilities. Contemporary research, however, has shown that the brain actually possesses a remarkable ability to adapt based on experience and environmental influences—a process known as neuroplasticity...

Mosquito Joe Signs 100th Territory In Two Years Of Franchising »

September 23, 2014 at 7:26AM PDT | Source: Mosquito Joe

Mosquito Prevention Franchise Celebrates Business Milestone; Continues Expanding Nationally
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - September 23, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Mosquito Joe, a leading mosquito control treatment company serving residential and commercial customers nationwide, has hit a franchising milestone, signing its 100th territory this year. This landmark achievement comes as the company celebrates its 2nd year in franchising, positioning the brand to finish 2014 with strong momentum after exceeding its yearly growth goals."In 2013 we sold our first territory and we're thrilled to be celebrating our 100th territory less than two years later; this is a tremendous accomplishment for Mosquito Joe ," said Mosquito Joe CEO (aka Head Joe) Kevin Wilson...

Captain D's Reports 5.6 Percent Same Store Sales Growth In Q3; New Multi-Unit Franchisee Signings »

September 23, 2014 at 7:21AM PDT | Source: Captain D's Seafood
Captain D's Seafood Opportunities Available

Fast-Casual Seafood Chain Extends Same-Store Sales Growth Streak to 12 Consecutive Quarters
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - September 23, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Like several fast-casual chains that have reported increased revenue and traffic even as quick-service rivals continue to falter, Captain D's tallied a third-quarter same-store sales increase that marked its 12th consecutive quarter of comparable-sales growth.
The Nashville, Tennessee-based seafood chain reported a same-store sales increase of 5.6 percent for the third quarter, with franchised locations experiencing an impressive 6-percent jump and company-owned stores posting a 5.2-percent gain.
The 520-unit fast-casual seafood chain has sustained same-store sales growth for more than three years by expanding its appeal to both current guests and new customers, officials said...

Lariss Jude Named An Up & Coming Attorney By Minnesota Lawyer »

September 23, 2014 at 7:16AM PDT | Source: Faegre Baker & Daniels

Minneapolis -19-September-2014 - Faegre Baker Daniels Associate Lariss Jude has been named a 2014 'Up & Coming Attorney' by Minnesota Lawyer.
The Up & Coming Attorney recognition is given to distinguished lawyers within their first 10 years of practice. Criteria for selection include: professional accomplishment, leadership, service to the community and service to the profession.
Jude was chosen for her strength as a litigation attorney, particularly in product liability cases. She has trial and advocacy experience in areas including product liability, trusts and estates, fiduciary liability, bankruptcy, consumer fraud and contract disputes.
Jude's pro bono work and association involvement were also recognized. She has represented children in foster care through the Children's Law Center, and regularly aims to produce 100 hours of pro bono work every year...

"Planet Fitness Midwest" Franchise Group Continues To Expand In St Louis, Cincinnati, And Lexington »

September 23, 2014 at 7:08AM PDT | Source: Planet Fitness

CINCINNATI - September 23, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Planet Fitness, the innovative health club franchise known for its Judgement Free Zone® and affordable prices, continues its expansion with new clubs to open in St Louis, MO, Cincinnati, OH and Lexington, KY by franchise group "Planet Fitness Midwest." Planet Fitness has differentiated itself from other health clubs by offering low monthly membership fees while continuing its commitment to maintain a clean and comfortable environment.
In 2012, Planet Fitness Midwest ("PFMW") opened three gyms, in Newport, KY, the Finneytown area of Cincinnati, OH as well as its first club in Lexington, KY adjacent to the Kroger on the corner of Bryan Station and New Circle Road.
In 2013, PFMW demonstrated continued success in the Cincinnati metro area with the August opening of its Springdale, OH location with over 29,000 square feet of high end equipment and amenities as well as the December opening of 22,000 square foot facility in Milford, OH...



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